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 Posted: Mon Nov 18th, 2013 05:11 am
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Went holidaying there quite often during the 80's and 90's, and was overtaken by the idea that Knysna would be the perfect place for retirement. Those were the days when Thesen island was still unspoiled.

While searching the web, was I shocked to see that literally thousands of residential dwellings are up for sale.

What is happening in Knysna that everybody wants to get out.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 18th, 2013 08:15 am
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Both my parents grew up there, and we went there every year for school holidays. Since then the change has been massive.

Over built, over populated and a tourist attraction of note. Now the place is only visited for the oyster festival and Dec holidays. Everybody that had the grand plans to make massive amount of money is now facing the reality.......

That and the recession hasn't helped, people can't afford holiday home's now...

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 Posted: Mon Nov 18th, 2013 08:16 am
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Should have said tourist trap..:fbash

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 Posted: Mon Nov 18th, 2013 10:29 am
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Thanks JD, See new witsand post

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Knysna has been spoilt by the wealthy! The dumps and squatter camps which were once pristine forested areas are now breeding grounds for swine and rats.
The filth is spilling into the water table, which ultimately pollutes the estuary.
The wealthy created massive complexes and bed/breakfast nooks have increased the size of the shopping malls.
Business's are closing fast; the industrial area is vacant.
A lovely place to have lived in in the 70's, but now..sadly its a dump...a wealthy one at that.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 04:48 am
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I live in Knysna and i have had the best fishing in years! With regard the economy, and i am in construction, and own property in the industrial area, I had the best yesr ever in 2013 and 2014 is looking even better.

How can you muppets that dont even live in the area comment? And based on a web site advertising houses for sale! Everything is for sale!
Stop making negative comments about things you know absolutely nothing about.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 07:25 am
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CamWA500 wrote:
I live in Knysna and i have had the best fishing in years! With regard the economy, and i am in construction, and own property in the industrial area, I had the best yesr ever in 2013 and 2014 is looking even better.

How can you muppets that dont even live in the area comment? And based on a web site advertising houses for sale! Everything is for sale!
Stop making negative comments about things you know absolutely nothing about.


Glad to hear things are looking better in Knysna then.Signed: Muppet.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 07:37 am
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CamWA500 wrote: I live in Knysna and i have had the best fishing in years! With regard the economy, and i am in construction, and own property in the industrial area, I had the best yesr ever in 2013 and 2014 is looking even better.

How can you muppets that dont even live in the area comment? And based on a web site advertising houses for sale! Everything is for sale!
Stop making negative comments about things you know absolutely nothing about.

Agreed. There has been pollution issues, but unlike most river systems, the town committed money to try and fix it. In 2011, the 'cabbage/lettuce leaves' were terrible, but last year this time, there was a marked reduction. Fish were few, but we still caught and it was only because of rapid current temp changes and crazy boat traffic (i.e. the time of year was the issue).

I have seen awesome fish come out there. The town has changed, but then so has most towns. Change is good, I love my second home, I will never sell there. Most good businessmen will say that everything is for sale.... 

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I think the original post was more a queery as to what has/is happening in Knysna and why everything is up for sale, this co-incides with psy's comment about the wealthy. Property in Knysna is a good investment especially on one of the islands.

However no-one can dismiss the fact that it's nowhere near the river system it was a few years ago. I have grown up in the garden route and fished all the rivers in the area since knee high and have to agree with psy about it being spoilt.

The last 3 years have seen some good rains which has given the system a flush, and probably resulted in better catches and a cleaner system, but the other "items" being flushed into the system from nekkies is a concern.

This is a problem that exists everywhere and even Great brak river has gone down the tube since the 90's

So I don't think the comments made were not completely incorrect.

Last edited on Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 08:24 am by Go fish

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 10:44 am
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Ok, so maybe 'Muppets' was abit strong. Appologies. I just feel passionate about the area and can't wait to get involved in the estuary or beach after work. I will post the pictures of the leeries i will hopefully catch this arvie on one of the most spectacular days of the year!

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 Posted: Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 11:30 am
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No worries, you will notice in my profile Knysna is my favorite fishing destination, I absolutely love that place.

Excepting over the oyster festival and December holidays..:fbash

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oops 2X

Last edited on Fri Nov 22nd, 2013 11:30 am by JD

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CamWA500 wrote:
I live in Knysna and i have had the best fishing in years! With regard the economy, and i am in construction, and own property in the industrial area, I had the best yesr ever in 2013 and 2014 is looking even better.

How can you muppets that dont even live in the area comment? And based on a web site advertising houses for sale! Everything is for sale!
Stop making negative comments about things you know absolutely nothing about.


:welcomesea:

:fbash

I live pretty close to mentioned area; and have resided in Knysna for 16 years since the late 70's.

My reply is not aimed at the fishing on the lagoon.

If you eat those fish...Bon Apettit.

Thanks but no thanks.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 5th, 2014 11:19 am
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Caught in the Knysna lagoon 3 days ago!!!

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Saw plenty good Grunter, Diamonds and lots of Raggies this past December.

I went diving in a number of spots on the lagoon and saw:

Millions of Mullet, Glassies, Red Roman, Cracker, Perlemoen (big ones and not just Siffies), Yellowbelly Rock Cod, Sea Horses, Blacktail, Chaetedon Marleyi, Juvenile Parrot fish, Wildeperd, Cape Stumpies, Garrick and many soft corels, horse mussels, pansie shells, octopus etc, etc, etc.

The lagoon is in a much better state than portrayed in posts here, yes I understand the concern about effluent from the squatter camp but it would seem management thereof is better than anticipated.

As for property sales, from what I could find, speaking to various sellers it's more a case of selling off of a 2nd or 3rd or even 5th home due to global economy.

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PLEASE contact me urgently ...re my vist to Knysna...my number is 083 655 1095

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